A dental crown can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes and can play an important role in maintaining your dental health over time. Also known as a tooth cap or tooth crown, crowns are often placed to repair and strengthen cracked teeth, straighten the appearance of crooked teeth, and address teeth that have been compromised by cavities. A dental bridge can be supported by dental crowns on either side. A dental crown is customized to your smile, covers the entire tooth, like a cap, and is permanently cemented into place.
Dr. Lotardo, Pop or Caesar will work with you to create a custom dental crown that looks and feels like your natural tooth. She will recommend the most appropriate type of dental crown for your oral health and cosmetic needs. A porcelain or ceramic crown is often suggested for the most durable and aesthetically-pleasing result. Dental crowns are color-matched to blend seamlessly with your smile for beautiful results.
Common Uses for A Dental Crown:
- After root canal therapy
- To protect a tooth with a large tooth cavity
- To repair a broken tooth or cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a crooked tooth or misshaped tooth
- To cover a stained tooth or discolored teeth that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening
- To close gaps between teeth
- To lengthen teeth or improve a “gummy smile”
- Other cosmetic dentistry goals
Our dental care team will recommend a dental crown when necessary to restore your dental health or address a cosmetic concern. The dental crown process involves a couple of visits to either our Riverhead or Roslyn dentist office locations.
The first visit will be for preparing the affected tooth and taking dental impressions to be used in fabricating your new, custom dental crown. A temporary crown may be placed as needed for normal function while a dental lab is making your final restoration. At the second visit, Dr. Lotardo will permanently secure your new dental crown, making any adjustments needed for a comfortable fit. The new crown will be polished for a smooth surface and natural luster, complementing or enhancing your natural smile.
Implant Supported Crown
Dr. Lotardo, Pop or Caesar can use a dental crown that is secured to a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. This is an option for patients who are missing a tooth and want a more permanent replacement option. The traditional method to replace a tooth is with a dental bridge. Your dentist would have to degrade two healthy adjacent teeth to accommodate the bridge. By utilizing an implant to secure the crown, there is no need to harm healthy teeth. An implant is a titanium metal screw that will be surgically placed in the jaw bone. This will create a firm base for the crown and will actually replace the missing tooth root, stimulating healthy bone cell growth. This will prevent bone loss in the jaw.
The surgical implantation of the metal post will take place in the comforts of our Riverhead, Roslyn or Nesconset dentist office. This will require about three to six months of healing time allowing the post to fuse with the surrounding jaw bone. A small piece called an abutment will then be placed on top of the implant. The final piece is the custom dental crown that will replace the missing tooth. The crown is a lifelike dental restoration that will be custom matched to your natural teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have damaged teeth or other concerns about your dental health and would like to learn more about the restorative and cosmetic dental services offered at Bella Smiles, schedule a visit to our Roslyn, Riverhead or Nesconset office. We welcome new patients and provide the highest standard of care for your needs.